Vintage Champs 2015 Coverage – Decklists, Metagame Report, Video, and Report Roundup

Vintage Champs 2015 is in the books, and with record-breaking attendance, cannot be considered anything other than a smashing success. Huge props go out to Nick Coss, Card Titan, and all associated employess and consultants who organized and ran the largest Vintage event ever held (and who also graciously provided us access to all of the standings and decklists below). Vintage Champs attendance has been climbing steadily the past few years, with both renewed interest from older players, as well as slowly expanding the player base to newer/younger players.

483 were registered for Vintage Champs 2015, and although there were 20+ no-shows (mainly people who slept in or just registered to get the sweet Tolarian Academy playmat), that number combined with the byes from Legacy Champs Top 8 playoff the same morning, meant 10 rounds of Swiss, followed by a Top 8 playoff.

Below we have compiled the Top 128 decklists (with more appearing on this page as time allows), a full metagame report of all decks/archetypes played and in what quantities, as well as some statistics for analysis (we will add more as time permits, or as requests/suggestions roll in). Videos and a tournament report roundup (with links to players’ tournament reports from the event, as they surface) can be found at the bottom.

(Note: this page will be constantly updated as we add more decklists, round up more tournament reports, and as more videos are uploaded to YouTube by the tournament organizer. Last updated 10/4/2015)

A Word on Testing and Grand Prix Lille

Grand Prix Lille will be here soon, and it’s time to find 75 cards that you are willing to take into battle. But how does one identify which deck to play, and more importantly, which cards to play in this very deck? There are a couple of things I’d like to talk about when it comes to testing, and how to choose a deck. I am well aware of the fact that they won’t cover everything, but they should give you a good impression of what I believe to be important for tournament deck choice, and should be giving you with an idea or two in order to help improve your own testing process. And with GP Lille on the horizon it can’t be of any harm, I suppose.

A Reward for Patience – 2nd Place at SCG Cleveland Legacy Premier IQ

“Have the patience and you’ll be rewarded with an absolutely amazing experience from the tournament where you will never have to say I was unlucky.” — Tomáš Vlček on learning Miracles

When I heard this listening to Everyday Eternal’s Miracle Men podcast, I thought I was on the verge of such an experience. And then it happened on April 26, 2015 at the SCG Cleveland Legacy Premier IQ.

Schools of Magic: History of Vintage – 2003

For a format whose history stretches back towards the origins of the game, 2003 may well lay claim to being the most dynamic and pivotal year before or since in the history of Vintage. It was a year in which the format was rocked by dramatic restrictions, metagame convulsions, astounding printings and shocking new mechanics, quickened engagement and interest from the DCI and Wizards of the Coast, and the inauguration of a new annual Championship tournament. The investments of the player base in 2002 were bearing fruit, and the innovations and novel strategic developments were accelerating. New strategies were born, and old Schools of Vintage Magic were revived. In a sense, 2003 was a springboard for the evolution of the format since. It marks a transition from historical Type I to the format that would soon become known as Vintage.

Team Tusk Presents: Bulletproof Monk

When Monastery Mentor was spoiled I immediately knew it was the kind of card that could draw me away from my lord and savior, Mishra. Other creature strategies have risen to prominence over the last few years, mainly centered around Delver of Secrets, but I never felt the urge to sleeve the insect up. I’m not a fan of Delver of Secrets as a magic card or the URx shells it resides in for Vintage. My reasoning is that I get so few chances to play paper Vintage, so when I do I don’t want to play a Legacy deck. For this same reason I don’t want to play something like BUG Tempo in Vintage, or Merfolk, even though they may be viable decks. I want to do borderline broken things with my own spells, or I want to oppress others and make them wish they hadn’t gotten in the car that morning. Hence my affinity for Workshops. On the surface, Monastery Mentor seemed to be on a different level of broken than these other creature pillars, so I set out to put a deck together with it.

So Many Insane Plays – A Comprehensive Guide to Vintage Delver

(Editor’s Note: This Downloadable Product, originally released January 9 2015, has been updated February 13 2015, to account for the recent restriction of Treasure Cruise, and the incorporation of Dig Through Time in Vintage Delver.)

In his first major deck primer in over a year, and fresh off his win of Season 1 of the Vintage Super League, Stephen Menendian delves into the depths of Vintage Delver, with over 50 pages of in-depth content. With a comprehensive look at building the deck piece by piece, executing the game plan, sideboarding strategy, and in-game tactics, this is something no serious Vintage fan should miss.

#GiftsWeek – Burning Gifts 2015

FINALLY! They unrestricted Gifts Ungiven. I like it because it is a very skill intensive card, and I know many of you will agree. Some months ago I dreamt of this very moment, and I wanted to test what I had imagined, so I swapped the Intuitions and Accumulated Knowledges with more copies of Gifts to test in my “Burning Robadeck” deck. I liked what I saw, so my first approach to share with you is detailed below.